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Old 01-20-2013, 12:29 PM   #57
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Underneath the black and grey tanks, just behind the valves, are access plates so you can get to the parts inside. I imagine using a hair dryer in the hole may help.

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I bought a 250w halogen work light from HD for $9.00. I laid it face up on the ground under the tank enclosure closest to where the tank cable protrudes. I let it warm up that specific area for about 2 hours and *voila * the gate valve opened.

As a solution (the concept Wally B had that Thor seems to miss), there are heat strips made specifically for gate valves in 13vdc from UltraHeat for $46.00. I'm thinking "Heated Tank Valves" could be an AS option for $300.00. I'd buy it, wouldn't you?

The idea would be to switch on the strips 15 minutes prior to dumping, shut off the switch, dump, close the valve, then go snowshoeing.

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Old 01-20-2013, 03:35 PM   #58
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Of course you could do as I did recently and wrap the light with a towel, wrap the towel with a tarp, and find a nicely charred towel in the moring. Sheesh! I amaze myself with occasional tricks that are just royally D.S. in hindsight. Sigh.
that was too fricken funny... wrap the light in a towel

maybe if you think through what you are doing before you do it then the DS part can be avoided...

its lucky the bulb was not large enough to produce enough heat over the 8 or so hrs it was there and start a FIRE.....


let be safe out there.. if it sounds stupid, it most likely IS...

still that was funny as h$ll,,,,
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that was too fricken funny... wrap the light in a towel

maybe if you think through what you are doing before you do it then the DS part can be avoided...

its lucky the bulb was not large enough to produce enough heat over the 8 or so hrs it was there and start a FIRE.....


let be safe out there.. if it sounds stupid, it most likely IS...

still that was funny as h$ll,,,,
Well - Carl - you're right on every point - although it's hard to see the dump valves with your thumb in my eye.

To paraphrase myself, learning from experience is more expensive than learning from others. I hope my post helps somebody - but if not, I'm glad you got a laugh from it.

Oh! Promise me that if you ever have a similar moment you'll share. We'll have a chuckle together.
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